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Suspected Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy In Bishkek

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan say a suicide car bomber struck the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek on August 30, killing himself and wounding three Kyrgyz employees of the mission.

President Almazbek Atambaev ordered the government to step up counterterrorism measures after what officials called a terrorist attack — a rarity in a Central Asian country that is known for political upheaval but has experienced few militant attacks despite growing government concerns about Islamic extremism.

Deputy Prime Minister Zhenish Razakov said the suspected bomber rammed a car through a gate to get inside the Chinese Embassy compound and detonated an explosive device.

Residents in the neighborhood on the outskirts of Bishkek said the powerful midmorning blast shook their homes and shattered windows. Images of the scene showed a badly damaged building and debris strewn over a wide area.

China condemned what it described as an “extreme and violent attack” on its embassy and urged Kyrgyz authorities to “get to the bottom of the incident,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said at a press briefing in Beijing.

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